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Pentagon makes women in combat rule change official

12:24 AM, Jan. 25, 2013
Female soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, train on a Fort Campbell, Ky., firing range in September, in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan.
Female soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, train on a Fort Campbell, Ky., firing range in September, in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan.
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Thursday that the military will lift its ban on women serving in combat roles, which will open 230,000 posts, including those on the front lines.

"Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on and off the battlefield, contributed in unprecedented ways to the military's mission and proven their ability to serve in an expanding number of roles," Panetta said. "The department's goal in rescinding the rule is to ensure that the mission is met with the best-qualified and most capable people, regardless of gender."

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